Two Kinds of People

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Mon, 09 Mar 2015 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Every so often we hear stories that show us the two extremes of human nature. How one person can do something truly awful but then another can come along and do something truly wonderful to make everything ok again.

Rachel (not her real name) is one of the ladies from our craft project who makes beautiful baskets and floor mats. Her daughter Carol also attends the group and is a great help to me with translation. Recently, I discovered Rachel taking care of four children who had been admitted to the hospital. She was cooking their meals, cleaning their clothes and bed sheets, and receiving instructions from their doctor. But they weren’t her children.

The story transpired that they were the children of her next-door neighbour. The whole family were HIV positive – that was clear from their symptoms. But the mother refused to accept this and wouldn’t bring the children to the hospital to get tested and treated. The children were also badly neglected and malnourished. Once, Rachel took the eldest child to the clinic to get her anti-retroviral drugs, but when the child’s mother found the drugs, she threw them down the pit latrine.

As the kids’ health deteriorated, Rachel felt she had to act. She ‘commandeered’ the children and got them admitted to the hospital. This was a few months ago and it has taken a long time to nurse them back to health. But now they look like totally different children. Their hair is growing back, their skin fits their bodies, their clothes are clean, and they smile and dance and run around like kids their age should.

Working here we often come across horrible stories like a mother refusing treatment for their child and it reminds us of the hold the devil can have on people’s lives. But we also get to meet and interact with amazing people who refuse to accept such situations and do what they can to make them better. And we are reminded of our amazing God who also hates to see His children suffer and who stepped into our world to suffer on our behalf, bringing healing, peace and salvation.

Tania.

Comments

Jayne said Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:59AM
i am sending some individual photos of the craft ladies back with Denise for you to give to each of them
Gillian McCord said Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:15PM
What a courageous & inspiring lady Rachel is. Thank you Tania for all you do in teaching and enabling the women of Uganda to help themselves. The work you do under the shelter of Kiwoko Hosputal, encourages and empowers our sisters in Uganda to stand up in HIS precious name and gives them the strength to carry out HIS good works. Keeping you and all our sisters in Uganda in our prayers. God Bless The leaders and girls in the Longford Branch (in the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh) of the Girl's Friendly Society in Ireland.

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